It was bad enough for New Jersey Devils fans when they have to endure two games in which they blown leads very late, but three is now getting ridiculous. The Devils made that reality with their most recent overtime loss against the Colorado Avalanche.
They went most of the game holding on to a 1-0 lead as Cory Schneider was amazing keeping the Avs off the board. Then came the play with the extra attacker where P.A. Parenteau deflected a shot with his skate into the back of the net with 1:47 left in the game. The deflation in the Devils was never more obvious than it was on this moment. You could see the “oh no, not again” looks on everyone’s face. That did not make anyone confident going into overtime.
It only took 28 seconds of overtime for the Avalanche to do what they couldn’t in the first 58 minutes of the game. Ryan O’Reilly scored on a deflection to end the game. It was a swift end for a terrible night for the Devils.
This game was especially bad seeing that their only goal came from Ryan Carter, a fourth liner. As coach Peter DeBoer said it, those should be thought of as “extra goals.” After the last three heartbreaking games and the awful Stadium Series, this could be the worst stretch of the entire season. It becomes hard to watch.
The saying goes “if you play with fire, you eventually get burned.” What an appropriate saying for a Devils team that tries to hold on to one-goal leads every night. They are losing valuable points on a nightly basis. Points that will kill them at the end of the season in a division that is as close as it is.
The Devils are currently in seventh place. If they didn’t blow the last two games, they would be in third. Yes, two points in between seventh and third is not a typo. They cannot afford to be doing this for the rest of the season. They need to figure out the issue, and fast.
Nick Villano is the New Jersey Devils writer for Rant Sports. He also adds to the site’s NFL, MLB and NBA content. You can follow him on Twitter here.